Obama defends U.S. airport security measures

WASHINGTON Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:02pm EST

A Transportation Security Agency (TSA) worker runs her hands over the head of a traveler during a patdown search at Denver International Airport, the day before Thanksgiving November 24, 2010. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A Transportation Security Agency (TSA) worker runs her hands over the head of a traveler during a patdown search at Denver International Airport, the day before Thanksgiving November 24, 2010.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama defended controversial new security measures at U.S. airports in an interview released on Friday, saying the methods were necessary to prevent a potential terrorist attack.

Some Americans have objected in recent weeks to the use of revealing full-body scanners and extra-thorough patdowns at airport security checkpoints.

"This is going to be something that evolves. We are going to have to work on it," Obama told ABC's Barbara Walters, according to a transcript provided by the network.

"I understand people's frustrations with it but I also know that if there was an explosion in the air that killed a couple of hundred people ... and it turned out that we could have prevented it possibly ... that would be something that would be pretty upsetting to most of us -- including me."

The United States tightened screening at airports in the wake of the September 11 attacks by al Qaeda militants in 2001 but the new security measures follow several recent threats.

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Comments (6)
nomoeobam wrote:
Obama could care less whether the American public likes the enhanced procedures or not because he does not have to go thru them and never will. If Obama, DHS, and TSA were truely interested in the safty of airline passengers they would use Israli methods plus explosive sniffing dogs and EVERYONE who boards an airplane gets sniffed no exceptions for airline employees, congressmen, senators, or any other government employee. Also, no exemptions for religious reasons if you fly you get sniffed.

Nov 26, 2010 2:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Trooth wrote:
Obama has spoken. Again it goes along the lines of, I know you wont like this, but it is for your own good my children. For being pushed as the anti-Bush, he has extended much of Bush policies like the Patriot Act, and uncontrolled deficit spending. The very things I did not like about Bush.

Nov 26, 2010 3:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Riquin wrote:
If you are an Airline executive read this:

The Airline business has a broken model where they let a fascist government take over part of their operations (security) now they will pay the consequences. Take our family as reference; we are not going to accept radiation and nude picture taking of our members nor sick PAD-DOWNS.

The current procedures targets disable persons for sexual harassment my wife has a titanium hip. So the whole family is not flying any more. Members of the family are now buying motor homes, new cars, etc. We are re-adjusting our recreation activities. Even if they fix this mess in the future, the monies for flying are not there anymore the money went into buying new cars (we just bought new car yesterday cash) and motor homes.

If you own airline stock sell them as soon as you can, there is no future in a business like that.

The airlines knew that the TSA was going to implement those machines and start humiliating your customers and you did nothing about it. Where your lobbyists in Washington are, fire them all, you needed someone at the helm of the TSA that understands the airline business. But you accepted the current administration of the TSA and you are now going to suffer the consequences.

Read this, not only you are humiliating your customers you may be killing them.:

Scientists with the University of California at San Francisco were so worried that they wrote a letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology in April, 2010 raising “a number of red flags” on the scanners’ safety.


Full body scan machines = tumor-trons

Nov 26, 2010 10:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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